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argument from authority considered pointless

From: Simon St.Laurent <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 14:37:19 -0500
To: www-tag@w3.org
Message-ID: <r01050400-1023-EB9CD72D2E4011D7AFB80003937A08C2@[192.168.124.11]>

Roy Fielding intones:
>Why is it that the newcomers at w3.org have an opinion on this subject
>that differs from W3C's own libwww implementation?  I think you guys
>should spend a little more time studying how the Web works instead of
>inventing new ways to disparage other people's designs.
>
>...
>Sandro, you aren't qualified to have that argument.  

I can understand why some participants in this discussion are impatient.
URI arguments are basically infinite, as Platonists seem utterly
incapable of recognizing a world of representations that is more than
shadows while the rest of us live among the shadows and work with their
surprisingly concrete substance. 

Despite that perpetual impasse, is there any chance that the TAG could
take seriously its commitment to public discussion rather than batting
away anyone who happens to disagree with views held by practically no
one except a core of supposed URI experts?

Comments like the above - which are far from unusual in the URI space -
do absolutely nothing to further the conversation.

Maybe www-tag could use a moderator.

-- 
Simon St.Laurent
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Errors, errors, all fall down!
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Received on Wednesday, 22 January 2003 14:36:32 GMT

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